Museum History
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1982/3Members' Magazine No. 17 / 1982Exhibition Caravan / The Museum is getting an ex-army caravan to convert to an exhibition centre to tour local shows etc. It is funded by the Friends and will cost about
1982/3Members' Magazine No. 17 / 1982Friends' Recital at Petworth House / The Friends are organising a piano recital by Amanda Hurton, a student at the Yehudi Menuhin School. Tickets at
1982/3Members' Magazine No. 17 / 1982Museum to Licence the Central Field / The Edward James Foundation has again supported the Museum by making available on an annual licence the field in the centre (Greenways). The Museum needs a space for special events. Now the field has a crop of thatching straw. Following the harvest there will be a threshing and ploughing demonstration in Greenways.
1982/3Members' Magazine No. 17 / 1982Coppice Acquired / The Museum has leased 16 acres of hazel coppice on the Goodwood Estate. Alan Waters, Martin Bossom and Ted Nash have been coppicing it.
1982/3Members' Magazine No. 17 / 1982Walderton Nearing Completion / Work on Walderton is in its final stage. The BBC Chronicle programme will take place on 24th March. The East end is shown in its 17th form, and the West end has been sectioned lengthways to show both the 17th century and the original open hall arrangements. James Ayres, Director of the John Judkins Memorial Trust, has been consulted. Brian Boseley laid the daub under plaster and A. E. Holden and Sons of Chichester laid a very thin top coat of hair and lime wash. John Friar, Roger Champion and Heather Champion have been involved in the work. A full report is being prepared by Richard Harris and Fred Aldsworth.
1982/3Members' Magazine No. 17 / 1982Visitor Services Coming Under Scrutiny / The Council of Management has established a small working party made up of Nigel Talbot Ponsonby, Bill Seabrook, Roy Armstrong, Chris Zeuner and Richard Pailthorpe to examine possible improvements for visitor services
1982/3Members' Magazine No. 17 / 1982Interest Free Loans / It is difficult to last through the winter on the money raised in the summer. Interest free loans of any sum which can be repaid on an agreed date are a way of covering this period. Loans above
1982/3Members' Magazine No. 17 / 1982Norman West / Roy Armstrong writes an obituary of Norman West. Introduced by Kim Leslie he worked as a volunteer in the early days and his wife, Pam West, acted as co-ordinator of the volunteers.
1982/3Members' Magazine No. 17 / 1982Horse Ploughing Demonstrating / Bob Lomas from Dragons Green gave a demonstration of horse ploughing with his horses, Queenie and Harvey despite bad weather. Robert Dash of Dunsfold also brought a horse team.
1982/3Members' Magazine No. 17 / 1982Arthur Plewis / Heather Champion writes an obituary of Arthur Plewis, who gave his wheelwrighting tools to the Museum. He retired in 1971 after 50 years working as a wheelwright.
1982/3Members' Magazine No. 17 / 1982Woodlands Exhibition Opens in May / Mr R Steele, Director General of the Nature Conservancy Council will open the new exhibition in Coldwaltham Shed on May 28th. It was written by Ruth Tittensor and designed by Bruce Williams. The display shows the development of the landscape through the ages. A booklet will eventually be ready discussing the same themes.
1982/5SBC Minutes / 16 May 1982Walderton / C Zeuner reported that the plastering had worked reasonably well. However, he advised that there might be a maintenance problems as the plaster was very brittle. He drew attention to the wear on the plasterwork near the stairs where a skirting would normally be put. Work had started on the making of the furniture listed in the inventory and should be completed for the official opening. F. Aldsworth reported that a report had been submitted to the Sussex Archaeological Paper no.120. 500 offprints of the report would be purchased for sale at the Museum. R. Champion asked if the audio presentation would be ready for the official opening in July. C Zeuner replied that the lighting arrangement would be ready and R Harris was currently working on the explanation panel for the house interior.
1982/5SBC Minutes / 16 May 1982Horsham Shop / Mr McDowall asked about progress of the Horsham Shop Report. Mr Armstrong and Mrs Hallam were currently looking at the available material and it would be reported on in the future.
1982/5SBC Minutes / 16 May 1982Building Repairs Progress - Court Barn / C Zeuner reported that the thatch was slipping and parting from the roof. South Western Thatchers had been contacted but they were not definite as to the cause. David Biart had also been contacted to advise on liability. The thatchers had orally accepted full responsibility for the slipping but there was nothing in writing. South Western Thatchers had suggested an arbitration from the Guild of Thatchers should advice on the problem.
1982/5SBC Minutes / 16 May 1982Saxon Hall / C Zeuner reported that the posts of Saxon Hall layout were rotting at the base and next year would need replacing if it was decided to keep the exhibit. Finally AGREED to keep the exhibit until the relevant page could be extracted from the Guide Book. Mr Aldsworth agreed to examine and report on possible ways that this area of building history could be represented by graphics and models within the introductory exhibition.
1982/5SBC Minutes / 16 May 1982Office Building proposals / C Zeuner reported that no progress had been made with the Christ's Hospital complex. He asked for the Committee's opinion of designing a purpose made building for the site using traditional material. The Committee AGREED that this could be a possibility. T Heymann suggested that possibly Double Barn could be modified for an office. It was a redundant building on the Estate, visually advantageous for the area by the gate and close to the Museum thus keeping down the cost of transportation. AGREED the matter would be discussed further.
1982/5SBC Minutes / 16 May 1982Poplars Cottage / A start had been made on survey work and the building had been cleared. Dismantling would take place over the next month.
1982/5SBC Minutes / 16 May 1982Little Winkhurst / Mr McDowall raised the point as to when the timbers of Little Winkhurst would be examined in order to provide a report for the Bough Beech houses book. R Harris agreed to examine them at the first opportunity.
1982/5SBC Minutes / 16 May 1982Building Repairs Progress - Crawley Hall / C Zeuner reported that a written assessment would soon be available on the problem wall.
1982/5SBC Minutes / 16 May 1982Wheelwright's Shop - Demonstration facilities / C Zeuner reported the need for a building which would provide a facility for demonstration and exhibiting the wheelwright's collection. The ideal building would be a redundant urban or rural workshop. Resulting from discussion the Committee ascertained that buildings in the past had had change of use and felt that a suitable building could be found and adapted to the Museum's use. Mr McDowall proposed that all committee members should actively seek an appropriate building.
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